Recent example: Client was a law firm in Beverly Hills who needed a legal secretary with particular skills. They sent over the job description and the details thereof were hashed out. I went to work and reviewed over 30 resumes and found a person that fit their qualifications perfectly. An interview was set up and the employer met with this person and she liked her a lot. A second interview was arranged for the other partner in the firm to meet the prospect, but on the day of the interview the prospect got sick and that interview was postponed. The other partner also went out of town for a few days. The situation in the law firm’s office that prompted the need for hiring a legal secretary suddenly got worse, and instead of having 2 weeks to fill the position, it now had to be done by next week when the out-of-town partner returned. Because the chosen one was sick and unable to meet the other partner for the 2nd interview, we were required to look for more candidates. Also, the other partner could not believe that the chosen one was what they were looking for, had a hard time swallowing the fact that I am able to get what the client needs on the first try. So I came up with 3 more good candidates and they interviewed 2 of them and really liked them all and were very impressed with the people that were sent to them. However, the one that best fit their needs was the first one. But, any of them could have been hired.
And, as an additional bonus, the prospect was already in the process of moving to the Beverly Hills area and once the decision to hire was made she realized that the office is only 2 miles away from her new apartment. The first 2 interviews were done at other locations than the office so this was not known until the end.
And, they also got her at the salary that they wanted.
So, moral of the story is that if you want the right person quickly without spending time in interviews, I will get you what you want the first time.
I have a number of case histories like this.